Fitting metal grab rails in bathrooms


Postby Handyperson » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:39 am

I work for an organisation that installs metal grab rails and drop down rails for elderly people maintain their indepenance in their own homes, basically letting them get off the loo or steady themselves when passing through doorways.

As these are metal and are fixed in bathrooms, do they have to be bonded to the earth now?

I believe in the 16th edition of the regs they were specifically mentioned as not needing bonding unless they connected to the metal frame of the building.
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Postby sparx » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:16 pm

hi,
these are isolated extraneous parts like door handles/hinges/window latches etc and do not require bonding unless they could be in contact with metalwork outside the room, eg pipes, which under fault conditions could introduce a voltage into the room.
So I believe you are correct,
regards Sparx
reg 701.415.2 (iii) refers.
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Postby Handyperson » Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:51 am

Thanks Sparx You've put my mind at rest and confirming I'm not putting my customers at risk when fitting things that help them remain independent.

Sorry not to have said thank you before
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